Elbit offers Close Air Support Aircraft to the Philippines

The six close air support aircraft to be acquired will replace/complement the Air Force’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes

The Philippine Department of National Defense seeks to acquire six close air support aircraft for the Philippine Air Force, according to a report on Update.ph. The six close air support aircraft to be acquired will replace/complement the Air Force’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes. 

Among the possible offerings are L-39 from Elbit Systems, Super Tucano from Embraer (whose avionics suite is developed Elbit's subsidiary in Brazil), T-6 Texan II from Beechcraft, and KT-1 Woongbi from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). 

In a similar project, Elbit Systems has also upgraded the Royal Thai Air Force’s L-39 aircraft. They installed a new avionics suite including advanced cockpit, debriefing system, and Western weapons capability. The system was tailored as close as possible to the F-16 operational concept, enabling the L-39 to perform as Lead-In Trainer for the F-16.

The L-39 aircraft was developed by the Czech company Aero Vodochody.